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Em uma noite fria de outono, Ashley Cordova é encontrada morta em um armazém abandonado em Manhattan. Embora a polícia suspeite de suicídio, o jornalista Scott McGrath acredita que exista algo mais por trás dessa história. Seu interesse pelo caso não é gratuito: Ashley é filha do famoso e recluso diretor de filmes de terror Stanislas Cordova, um homem que não é visto em público há mais de trinta anos e que, no passado, teve um papel trágico na vida de McGrath.
Impulsionado por vingança, curiosidade e necessidade de descobrir a verdade, o jornalista é atraído para o horripilante e hipnótico mundo de Stanislas. Da última vez que chegou perto do cineasta, McGrath perdeu o casamento e a carreira. Dessa vez, pode acabar perdendo muito mais.
“Um mistério literário que vai fazer você virar as páginas sem parar.”Time Out (Nova York)
“Filme noturno foi construído precisamente para ser lido com rapidez, e sua energia é capaz de causar inveja em qualquer filme campeão de bilheteria.”The New York Times
“Os cinéfilos vão se maravilhar com o conhecimento detalhado e o amor de Pessl pela história e cultura dos filmes.”The Boston Globe
“Prepare-se para não parar de falar sobre este livro arrebatador, um quebra-cabeça magistral”Entertainment Weekly
Marisha Pessl cresceu em Asheville, Carolina do Norte, e hoje mora em Nova York. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, seu primeiro romance, foi um best-seller. Ganhou em 2006 o prêmio John Sargent Sr. de melhor romance de estreia (atual Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize) e foi escolhido como um dos dez melhores livros do ano pelo The New York Times Book Review. Filme noturno é seu segundo romance.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR • Cosmopolitan • Kirkus Reviews • BookPage
A page-turning thriller for readers of Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Stieg Larsson, Night Film tells the haunting story of a journalist who becomes obsessed with the mysterious death of a troubled prodigy—the daughter of an iconic, reclusive filmmaker.
On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.
For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.
Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.
The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.
Night Film, the gorgeously written, spellbinding new novel by the dazzlingly inventive Marisha Pessl, will hold you in suspense until you turn the final page.
Praise for Night Film
“Night Film has been precision-engineered to be read at high velocity, and its energy would be the envy of any summer blockbuster. Your average writer of thrillers should lust for Pessl’s deft touch with character.”—Joe Hill, The New York Times Book Review
“Mysterious and even a little head-spinning, an amazing act of imagination.”—Dean Baquet, The New York Times Book Review
“Maniacally clever . . . Cordova is a monomaniacal genius who creeps into the darkest crevices of the human psyche. . . . As a study of a great mythmaker, Night Film is an absorbing act of myth-making itself. . . . Dastardly fun . . . The plot feels like an M. C. Escher nightmare about Edgar Allan Poe. . . . You’ll miss your subway stop, let dinner burn and start sleeping with the lights on.”—The Washington Post
“Haunting . . . a suspenseful, sprawling page-turner.”—USA Today
“Entrancing and delightful . . . [a] whipsmart humdinger of a thriller . . . It feels, above all things, new.”—The Boston Globe
“Gripping . . . a masterful puzzle . . . Pessl builds up real suspense.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A very deeply imagined book . . .
Five friends. Only one can survive the Neverworld Wake. Who would you choose?
From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics and Night Film comes an absorbing psychological suspense thriller in which fears are physical and memories come alive.
"A thriller that will grip readers from the start." --Hypable
It's been one year since graduation, and Beatrice Hartley has mixed feelings about joining her friends a weekend reunion.
She's right to be worried. After a night out, they narrowly avoid a collision with a car on a deserted road. Or so they believe.
Back at the mansion where they are staying, a mysterious man knocks on the door during a raging storm. He tells them that they must make a choice: one of them will live, and the rest will die. And the decision must be unanimous.
Soon time backbends. Beatrice and her friends are forced to repeat that dreadful day so many times they lose count. With each replay, events twist and fears come alive in horrifying ways.
This nightmare, this nothingness . . . this is the Neverworld Wake.
To escape, they have to vote. But how do you choose who to kill? And then how do you live with yourself?
"Beautifully creepy." --The New York Times
"You wont be able to stop reading until the mystery is unraveled." --Refinery29
"A dark and twisty tale brimming with psychological suspense." --Bustle
Marisha Pessl’s dazzling debut sparked raves from critics and heralded the arrival of a vibrant new voice in American fiction. At the center of Special Topics in Calamity Physics is clever, deadpan Blue van Meer, who has a head full of literary, philosophical, scientific, and cinematic knowledge. But she could use some friends. Upon entering the elite St. Gallway School, she finds some—a clique of eccentrics known as the Bluebloods. One drowning and one hanging later, Blue finds herself puzzling out a byzantine murder mystery. Nabokov meets Donna Tartt (then invites the rest of the Western Canon to the party) in this novel—with visual aids drawn by the author—that has won over readers of all ages.